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5.0 out of 5 stars LEGENDARY tales, 6 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Legendary Tales (Audio CD)
This in my opinion is a must have item for all symphonic epic fans. on reflection of their other albums, legendary tales has a very unique feel to it which makes it stand above the rest. the balance between heavy tracks and acoustic/orchestral moments is pretty much spot on, and the lack of narration(which has been increasing with each album)and unique orchestral breaks become treasured as they don't feature as effectively in their other albums. after a chilling operatic opener, the awesome 'Warrior of Ice' sets the scene for songs to come, with galloping guitar riffs and full choirs. the solos are also a feature which are better in this album compared to the others. this is apparent with superb solos in the third track, 'rage of the winter', the feel of the album then changes with a quieter medieval feel track called forest of unicorns which paths the way for the thunderous 'flames of revenge'. the rest of the album keeps the same superb formula of quieter tracks leading into heavy symphonic tracks, before the epic title track ends the album making you wish for more. if you've never heard any of their songs before, i can only recomend that you just take the risk and buy this album as they are a difficult band to describe in writing. all of their albums are superb but this debut just has a different feel to it which can only be experienced by listening to it. all the songs are of a fantasy theme, based on the algalord chronicles written by the guitarist/song writer, Luca Turilli.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking symphonic metal classic, 14 May 2001
This review is from: Legendary Tales (Audio CD)
Rhapsody's first release whilst lacking some of the utter brilliance of the next two albums is a must have for anyone who likes their metal with melody.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comfort Metal., 16 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Legendary Tales (Audio CD)
I always think of Rhapsody's albums as being the comfort food of the metal world. It's everything you think metal is: epic, exhilarating and about dragons. And the good thing about Rhapsody is they always deliver a quality product. All their albums are very well composed, performed and recorded giving the listener a very reassuring experience.

This album starts of their five part concept about The Emerald Sword. The story is pretty predictable but I don't really care - the music is played with such enthusiasm that any criticism seems like a very grumpy option. The songs do tend to sound somewhat similar although they do have a good range of styles from power metal to ballads. But somehow the fact that the tone is similar throughout makes the album comforting to listen to - you know there won't be any dissonant twists jarring you out of your reveries about unicorns and various other majestic imagery.

I would recommend this album heartily to anyone who likes power metal or neo-classical metal. It might be a little light for fans of extreme metal genres, though.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album That Shook Symphonic Metal, 13 Jan. 2002
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This review is from: Legendary Tales (Audio CD)
Rhapsody's first album was a revelation, never had any band so effortlessly combined classical, baroque, and medieval music with metal so incredibly. The standard of this work can only be understood by hearing it. I have only one criticism of Rhapsody, and this is only the voice-over artist; luckily there is no voice-over on this album.
From the first track you will understand the quality of the work on offer here; it is sad that Luca Turilli was not chosen to produce the soundtrack for the recent Lord of The Rings Film, You will know what I mean if you give this band a try.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best metal releases of all time, 19 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Legendary Tales (Audio CD)
Just imagination unbounded by custom or lack of confidence. This is a perfect example of culture-untouched, infinitely unique metal, pretty much entirely impossible to classify. I am a fan of many styles of music, and Rhapsody have always been a rung above your Niles, Emperors and Necrophagists. Also, don't ever call them power metal. Sure their lyrics are typical forests and elves but their unique positive stance on life gives a dimension rarely added to art...the concept that it's cool to enjoy life.
Songs to look out for are...oh wait...every single song is easily qualified to be the FLAGSONG of almost every band who shares anything with Rhapsody. This album is disgustingly amazing, and never fails to surprise me. It was the debut of two outstanding writing talents, veritable modern-day classic composers. Please don't miss this if you have a musical bone in your body
Musicianship is pretty good aswell
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4.0 out of 5 stars great stuff, 5 Mar. 2007
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Hedon (Eternal Night) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Legendary Tales (Audio CD)
Great album. while not quite as technically brilliant and vibrant as their later cds this is still awesome, made all the more impressive when you realise that this is their debut. its also a bit different to their later stuff, with more focus on classical/folk music and alot more orchestral interludes. thats not to say it ain't metal. Warrior of ice and the excellent Lord of the Thunder are the type of fist punching metal anthems that'll make you grow your hair long and wear leather. Good stuff

Get their other albums too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragons abound, 28 Jan. 2010
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D. L. Wilkinson "Dean" (London,UK) - See all my reviews
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Strange that here I am reviewing a symphonic heavy metal album.I like it.It has an unbridled joy and enthusiasm unhindered by indie type concepts of taste and reserve.Orchestral grandeur rubs shoulders with high pitched metal wailing and chunky guitars.Many see this music as cheesy and it is in a way but it's fun and musically impressive.For me it's like I've completed the journey from growing up as a heavy metal hating music snob to liking the most over the top extravagant metal in the land.
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4.0 out of 5 stars check LABEL before buying, 11 Aug. 2014
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Beware of poor argentine label (Nems Enterprises) with poor quality of disc printing (graphics on the disc): NEMS 36 / Rock Brigade Records RBR 960.
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